I have been looking for a cabinet for my media room for awhile. Something to hide all of the wires and components and cords – I really, really, really hate cords! I’ve been looking so long that I had kinda forgotten that I even wanted one. Then I get a text from my friends Laura and Nichola:
They were having a garage sale at the private school where they work and were kind enough to think of me when they saw furniture! Rockstars! This is how I got my Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue media cabinet.
I took the Hubs to help me pick the credenza up and as we were driving home he asked me what I was going to do with it. Hmmm… not really sure. He thought it would make a great media cabinet! Well, duh! Of course it would!!! As soon as I got home I quickly took it apart and cleaned it up.
My media room is navy and gold. Navy walls, navy and gold curtains, pale gold-ish sofa…. We started out with a ginormous big screen TV. Over time the Hubs put in a projector and screen, which meant lots of components, surround sound, wires, remote controls and various other things that I can’t even begin to learn how to work! Hence the need for the cabinet. I wanted the cabinet to blend in as it would be directly under the projection screen. No one wants to try and watch a movie and have the furniture below scream “LOOK AT ME!” So I decided to use Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue. One of my favorite colors!
After two coats, a little distressing of the edges and a coat of wax. I let it dry overnight. The next morning I couldn’t wait to burnish the wax to create that beautiful patina. And bonus! I got to use my newest tool – a burnishing brush that you can attach to a drill. It gives it that beautiful shine in half the time. Love it. Although it does occasionally leave brush marks.
So I used my manual burnishing brush, after using the drill brush, to give it that really smooth even finish. Even with having to go back over the finish to even out a few spots, it was still done in record time!
Here you can see a few uneven spots on the front doors before evening it out. I also decided since it was the media room I could go a little over the top and use VERY gold hardware.
Here it is in the media room. I still have a few more things to do to get it all set up like I want it, but I have to say that it really is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my house. Ok, so MAYBE it is because it hides all of the cords… but I still love how it co-ordinates with the rest of the room!
until next time…